News Digest Item
24 Mar 2017

“Sun at the push of a button”

German Aerospace Center

Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have started operation of the “world’s largest artificial sun,” dubbed “Synlight,” at the Jülich Research Centre near Cologne, the DLR says in a press release. Synlight will be used for researching production methods of solar fuels, such as hydrogen, according to the DLR. With a total of 149 xenon short-arc lamps, the system is capable of producing temperatures up to 3,000 degrees Celsius, allowing production of carbon-free hydrogen fuel independent from outdoor weather conditions. Johannes Remmel, environment minister in Synlight’s host state North Rhine-Westphalia, said “the energy transition will falter without investments in innovative research, in state-of-the-art technologies and in global lighthouse projects like Synlight."

Read the press release in English here.

Also see the CLEW dossier New technologies for the Energiewende. Inspection of the "artificial sun". Photo/DLR

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